Maine Law and Bernstein Shur law firm host local high school students
Dec. 10, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Nearly 70 students from Casco Bay High School came to the University of Maine School of Law on Dec. 9, 2013, to participate in a hands-on educational law conference.
The conference was a collaboration between Maine Law and the Bernstein Shur law firm in Portland. Law students and practicing attorneys engaged the high school students in interactive sessions focusing on contract law, the first amendment, and the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The curriculum was developed by two nonprofit organizations: National Association for Law Placement, and Street Law.
The program is part of a larger effort to promote diversity in the legal profession. During the sessions, high school students negotiated a mock shoe endorsement deal, created a school policy on religious expression and held a mock hearing on using technology to search peoples’ homes without a warrant.
About Street Law
Street Law is a nonprofit organization that creates classroom and community programs to teach people about law, democracy and human rights worldwide. Street Law program participants benefit from “real-life” lessons and insights, which they can use to effect positive change for the rest of their lives. Accessible, engaging, and interactive programs empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society.
About National Association for Law Placement
Founded in 1971, the National Association for Law Placement, Inc. is a nonprofit educational association of law schools and legal employers dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.